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McCormack Area will be Open to Equestrian Use beginning in May

The O’Brien County Conservation Board is pleased to announce that the McCormack Area will be open to horseback riding beginning May 17, 2021.  At the last regular meeting of the O’Brien County Conservation Board, horseback riding was named a designated use for that area. Here are the rules for riding:  Riding is allowed from the day after the last day of turkey season to the day before youth deer season Riding is allowed from sunrise to sunset No riding until

Signs of Spring | Saturday, April 10th

Spring has sprung at the Prairie Heritage Center | 10-11:30 a.m. We hope to see you on Saturday, April 10th for a fun-filled morning program. We will read a book all about spring, do a spring-time craft, and then go on a hike through the prairie and see if you can find all the signs that spring has arrived to O’Brien County. This program is great for all ages! To register for this program CLICK HERE.  Registration is required. Registration

Composting 101 – March Nature Nut Series

Join us in-person or adventure on your own, with family or friends as you become an O’Brien County Conservation Nature Nut. March’s topic is Composting 101. During this program you will learn the ins and outs of composting, get plans on how to build your own outdoor composting bin (or places to purchase bins), and create a kitchen table top – or under the sink – compost bin to take home. Wasn’t able to make it in person?! Check out

Bald Eagle Watch: March 20, 2021

Join us at the Prairie Heritage Center on Saturday, March 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate our national bird. This is a come-and-go event where we will enjoy watching birds, have activities set-up for all ages, and learn more about these amazing birds. At 11:00 a.m. Shelby County and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Naturalist, Christian Roelofs, will give a virtual presentation on Bald Eagles. Christina has worked with birds through the help of Kay Newman at

2021 Nature Nuts Series

Join us in-person or adventure on your own, with family or friends as you become an O’Brien County Conservation Nature Nut this year! Once a month we will explore a different topic guided by the naturalist that will be hosted in person as well as have a virtual option. These programs will be hosted each month at an O’Brien County Conservation park or the Prairie Heritage Center. OR you can download all the materials from our website and do them

2021 Winter Library Series

Mark your calendar for the upcoming dates at the library closest to you! The O’Brien County Conservation Board is pleased to partner with area libraries to offer a naturalist led program in January, February, and March. Programs will be 45 minutes long, with time for questions. Good for all ages! Join us at the following libraries this winter: Paullina Library: 2:00 P.M.  – January 19, February 23, March 16 Hartley Library: 2:00 P.M. – January 20, February 24, March 17

Virtual Nature Conservation Book Club

Reading can take you on adventures to different places, cultivate new hobbies, and expand your knowledge. New for 2021, O’Brien County Conservation Board and the Hartley Library are proud to offer a virtual book club that will focus on nature and conservation. A variety of books, both non-fiction and fiction, have been chosen to discuss in a virtual platform from the comfort of your own home. This book club will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the every other month

Visit the Prairie Heritage Center for an Information Scavenger Hunt

                Join us at the Prairie Heritage Center this December and January for an Information Scavenger Hunt. Using your best sleuthing skills around the Center you can find the answers to the clue sheet that can be picked up at the front desk. You will use the displays both inside and outside to help you complete this fun, informative scavenger hunt. Participants who complete the scavenger hunt can turn in their clue sheets

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